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Grateful Dead Live at McArthur Court, University of Oregon on 1969-05-31

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Grateful Dead Live at McArthur Court, University of Oregon on 1969-05-31

Topics Live concert

Hard To Handle, Cold Rain And Snow, Yellow Dog Story, Green Green Grass Of Home, Me And My Uncle, Cryptical Envelopment -> Drums -> The Other One -> Cryptical Envelopment -> Sitting On Top Of The World, It Hurts Me Too, Turn On Your Lovelight He Was A Friend Of Mine, Dark Star -> Doin' That Rag -> Cosmic Charlie, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue, And We Bid You Goodnight

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue McArthur Court, University of Oregon
Location Eugene, OR

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > ? > CDR > EAC > SHN
Taped by
Transferred by John Oleynick


The encore has been moved out of order so this will fit onto 2 discs, but nothing was cut so you can restore its original order by moving Friend of Mine..Cosmic Charlie and the encore onto a 3rd disc.

Defects on Raw tracks (have to adjust for times of individual tracks):

(This was originally on three discs, one track per disc. These timings
refer to that configuration.)

d1t1 41:47 - static in right channel (in last words of o1)
d1t1 43:27-43:34 - right channel fades out (cryp reprise)
d1t1 43:35 - splice?
d1t1 43:37-43:41 - right channel fades out
d1t1 45:24 - back ground static (start of sittin)
d1t1 46:23 - little static in right channel

d2t1 3:40 - static in right channel (lovelight)
d2t1 4:14 - brief static in left channel
d2t1 4:44 - quiet background static in right channel?
d2t1 4:54 - brief background static in right channel
d2t1 8:15 - static in right channel
d2t1 9:28 - brief static in right channel

d3t1 0:00- - right channel very faint (friend of mine) (-1:56?) (dark star)
d3t1 0:54-0:57 - left channel dropout
d3t1 43:03 - splice (Rag/Cosmic)
d3t1 45:23 - left channel dropout
d3t1 45:42-45:53 - left channel very faint
d3t1 47:32-47:37 - left channel very faint


Reviewer: Satori70 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 31, 2015
Subject: 'Everything promised, is delivered to you'
This is a great show. I always love the Oregon shows, and this one is no different. Laid back, fun, and they always seem so relaxed and happy. So thankful to have found this entertaining gem.
Hard to Handle starts off strong, with the boys really in their prime. Cold Rain and Snow was still played at breakneck speed, and there follows some wonderful banter into a Yellow Dog Story. I love this period. Young, confident, and still surging headlong into the unknown. They're so playful, and you really get the campus vibe circa 1969. Just ten weeks before Woodstock, Green Grass feels perfect and is just a hoot! Going into MAMU they're just begining to pour the fuel on. Controlled chaos!
It's not controlled for long Cryptical > Drums > TOO > Reprise. That Cowboy Neal lyric is fierce. Top of the World is great, and Hurts Me Too is making the paint drip off my walls. Blistering. Love that solo. The intro to Baby Blue is unique, and Jerry just shines on this version. I agree with the other reviews, these may be some of the finest versions of Hurts Me Too, Baby Blue & He Was A Friend of Mine ever! Epic. Speaking of epic, Lovelight. Wow, grate raps. Like a cherry on top, Dark Star. But wait, Doin' That Rag burns, even if clipped, and the Charlie fade out just leaves me smiling.
Listen to it, stream it, or download it. There's no dud in the whole lot. With the Pranksters present, it's like everyone has to elevate their game. Summer of '69 ? 5 star all the way !

'There's more of us than them'
Reviewer: pinga - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2015
Subject: taking off 1 star for the annoying Yellow Dog story
Great show other than that...69 was an awesome Dead year!
Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2015
Subject: Sweet Jeebus
I like these guys.

Addendum 4-28-2015:

After seven years and a lot more listening to shows on the Archive, I'll pile on with a few of the other commenters here. This is one of the best Dark Stars -- and arguably the very best -- of 1969.

For what it's worth, the long and mellow Friend of Mine, the Lovelight, the Hurts Me Too (!) and the Baby Blue are also magnificent. Even the Bid You Goodnite is sung with more than the usual feeling.

Plenty of great quotes and banter throughout but my favorite is Jerry's comment after "Bid You Goodnite": "That's your groove."
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 24, 2015
Subject: Strike another match start anew!
Much passion here!
Jerry and Bobby sing like it is the end of the age.
It must be Ken who did the 'LEFT COAST' rap during LOVELIGHT at Woodstock?
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 24, 2015
Subject: 4
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 31, 2013
Subject: --
Delightful time capsule; prankster madness abounds with Babbs and co., and the band is tuned in to delivering a masterful show. Shame about Rag and Charlie given so little time on the reels, but it's clear this show, with its one source (so far) is a delicate piece, and this is probably the extent of it, folks.

Of course, we have the sheer amazing firepower of the Other One Suite (don't let that short-ish running time fool you!) and Dark Star, which I have to say sounds as good as any top five version of this epic I've heard played from '69.

But the real story here is Friend of Mine; at fifteen minutes or so, this is truly a special treasure, real Sunday-morning-sunrise-rocking-chair-smoke-and-coffee music. I love moments when the band find themselves restrained and yet able to jam at the same time. This old folky tune didn't have much of a future in the setlist, but performances like this are absolutely to treasure.

The Babbs stuff is great; if you haven't yet read Wolfe's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, get to it, yo!
Reviewer: DMT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 1, 2012
Subject: thank you
the end of one trip and the start of another.

From here on they begin to evolve towards americana.. a year later they where the acoustic Dead
Reviewer: Baumbor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2011
Subject: how do i download ths
how do i download this
Reviewer: bryogi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2011
Subject: Killer '69 Spring Tour
Just heard Dark Star Orchestra play this show in Eugene!! What a friggin' barn-burner blow the roof off the joint show. DSO did it total justice tonight. Thunderous tribal throw down to the extreme. So much thanks!!
Reviewer: tim_oz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2011
Subject: This is the captain speaking, prepare the rocket fuel for the faster than light drive...
An Acid Test reunion show. Never trust a prankster...

TIFTOO rages. A week of great Lovelights(see 5/23, 5/24 in particular, and this one). These 3 versions often explode into intense jams, including some Caution-style jams reminiscent of the 4/22/69 Lovelight.

Others have highlighted the He Was A Friend Of Mine - they seemed to be playing extended versions of the song around this time with some sweet, mellow jams. I wonder if the emotion of this version was due to it being played in honor of a Prankster who was conspicuously absent from the evening's events - Neal Cassady.

Mid to late 69 is an interesting period for Dark
Star with some wonderful versions. It seems as if they have reached the peak maturity of the Live/Dead form and are starting to really traverse new territory and explore the open potential of the song. As the year progresses we hear them weaving in thematic jams that would lead into the 70s.

Cosmic Charlie is just a snippet but it's a soothing send off.
Reviewer: Johnnyh - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 2, 2010
Subject: Live at McArthur Court, University of Oregon on 31. May 2010
This is the first time I've written a review, although I've been enjoying the Dead's music available on IA for many years.
I'm from London, England and I don't usually feel the need to comment on the recordings and performances, but I felt moved to say that the singing and playing on "He was A Friend Of Mine" is just very, very special for me. Jerry's playing on this song is exquisite, so light and gentle : a glorious experience for me!

Thank you to all those who've made possible this wonderful archive of the Dead's music.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2010
the best 'hurts me too' ever?!
Reviewer: mcgannahan - - January 31, 2010
Subject: babbs's flashback
seems ken had a flashback and thought he was at an acid test, ramrod should have booted that nut off the stage, fuckups like babbs are what gave lsd a bad rap, what a pity, ohh, killer show by the way, you dig 68, 69, this is must have. i should have mentioned that babbs fucked my mother and killed my puppy.
Reviewer: ashevegas_deadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2009
Subject: are you FKN ' serious ?
QUOTE:seems ken had a flashback and thought he was at an acid test, ramrod should have booted that nut off the stage, fuckups like babbs are what gave lsd a bad rap, what a pity, ohh, killer show by the way, you dig 68, 69, this is must have.

fuck ups like the Pranksters are what gave LSD any rap at.

You my friend are a true moron .

This show rocks

H2H is kinda rough ,but, other than that a solid show .

They were ripping it up .
Reviewer: goofyjuggleingstars - - March 5, 2008
Subject: good ole San Francisco and the good ole Grateful Dead
Who is that little kid, I would love to know!
Reviewer: rongovia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 7, 2007
Subject: Nice...
This show isn't even in DeadBase 8. Do the math
A true gem > never heard it not on a casette
When i think 69 i think MacArthur
Long live slide whistle
& 5star
Reviewer: DEETS - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2007
Subject: Spicy
Fantastic solo during "Sitting on Top of the World". Great stage banter at end of show when student organizers plead for gate crashers to ante up. A GREAT PERIOD PIECE!!!!
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2007
Subject: it ain't no lie...
this is really good, it's true. great set list, excellent pig, and whacky stage banter. also very good sound.

but beware: the cut at the end of (an excellent!) doin' that rag is absolutley gutting. and then you only get the final 15 seconds of cosmic charlie. rough on a guy if he's not expecting it...
Reviewer: CuspisKringy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 26, 2007
Subject: Baggin on Babbs!
Babbs is a righteous brother traveler and a prankster. If you had a bad trip because of Babbs is because you are a bad tripp. Stay off the bus please.
Reviewer: letitshine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2007
Subject: Aw man...
Just the stage banter before Green Green Grass of Home is worth a listen. But the rest of the show is great too. Recording quality isn't exactly the best, but given the quality of the playing, song selections, and general vibe I get, this show is pretty awesome.

Check out the Dark Star if you don't believe me...
Reviewer: Burnt Rich - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 1, 2007
Subject: Good God!!
This is like finding a rare Spanish galleon in a mud puddle in your driveway. GOLD!!!!!! All those shows--but then there is God's list and this show is on THAT list!!!!! Thank you x 1000 for the upload.
Green Grass is one of Weir's great moments on a stage. What a ballad! Everything else is just as splendid. Thanks again!!!! 19 SIXTY FINE!!!!
Reviewer: Freekquency - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2007
Subject: One of Jerrys Favs.
Interesting to see this show on the archive. I was given a copy of this many years ago FYEO. Someone i had been trading with for years, gave me this one and a couple others shortly after Jerry died. They were given to him by Jerry himself. DB didnt even have a setlist for this show when i got it.
It seems he was a fixture at Hepurn Heights back in the day and everyonce in awhile Jerry would poke his head up out of the basement for a smoke and some conversation. After awhile he started slipping this guy some tapes. And this was one of them. My friend was surprised to learn that Jerry DID listen to his own shows, and just plain old raved about some of them.
Anyway it was one of his favorites too :))

Charlie if your out there tell us the whole story!!


Too much of everything, is just ENOUGH!
Reviewer: pleasanthillbilly - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2007
Subject: the "ice cream" show
This show was my first exposure to the Dead. Kesey had recently returned to Oregon and this show followed. What a wild and insane night it was, with free ice cream cones (perhaps adding some to the insanity!). I have this vague memory of Pig Pen throwing a tire off the stage to someone in the audience! This show shaped my ideas of what "real" Dead music should sound like and now, listening to it again, older and having seen and heard a plethoria of Dead shows (and without the ice cream!) it still rings through as one of their best...a truly great show!
Reviewer: Street Pig - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 21, 2006
Subject: He Was A Friend OF Mine
Ditto the fella below, not only a gem of a recording but dig the extended version of the rare He Was A Friend Of Mine, kinda like a Box Of Rain when it comes to dealing with recent lose and tragedy...Recording5 Performance 5
Reviewer: VA slim - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 21, 2005
Subject: best baby blue ever!?!
i LOVE this show. good sound quality--good enough at least.
whole show is a trip. if you want to be taken on a voyage back to oregon in 69, dripping w/vibes...DL and relax. your in for a helluva ride.
my fav is the resolution of the show...jerry is so into the baby blue that he's fishin' for the lyrics at the end , and i think he repeats a verse consciously, just cause he's feelin' it so much he doesn't want to quit.
then after the 'bid you goodnight' the trippy vibes are so hardcore that jerry says "that's your groove-" as the heads keep clappin' the beat needing something to keep it goin'.
Then to top it off someone kills the vibe by grabbin' the mic and sayin the band didnt break even 'cause of all the kids sneakin' in , and asks for donations to cover the $300 they were short!--classic!!...must have in my book.--slim.
Reviewer: Dgold at AHT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2005
Subject: Listening to every He Was A Friend Of Mine
This is the longest and most jammed out version of "He Was A Friend Of Mine" (that I can find, on the Archive).
Reviewer: whirlwind dreamer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 4, 2005
what a country song.real slow but some how i enjoyed it. jerry's slow playing won me over one more time!!!!!bobs vocals weren't too bad either!!the other 1 lights up the western sky if ya like it raw d/l this one. thanks archive
Reviewer: oceantree - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2005
Subject: acid eugene
lots and lots of beautiful acid test energy here... babbs is his usual brilliant self, and the boys are obviously delighted, playing outside, above, and beyond themselves...fucking amazing stuff, easily transcends the average sound quality...
Reviewer: bonk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 11, 2005
Subject: THIS IS IT
THIS IS THE SHOW.The Dead were just on fire this month on may 1969!I think they knew it!I cant say enough about this show.If you like 4-26/5-3/4-22/1-25/and 11-8,THIS IS EVEN BETTER!a STAPLE IN ANY COLLECTION!I NEVER GIVE 5 STARS ...BUT THIS ONE I HAD TO!
Reviewer: The Real Roxanne - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 29, 2004
Subject: Best
This is another insanely great Dead show from '69. I particularly like He Was A Friend Of Mine and a very emotional Baby Blue with narrative intro by Babbs, but the whole show is well-played and worth a listen or few
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